Warner Bros. And DC To Focus On Lower Budget Superhero Movies Twice A Year?

Despite the fact that many fans are anxiously waiting for the likes of Wonder Woman and the Justice League to be brought to the big screen, a new report indicates that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's focus will now be on low budget adaptations of the likes of Suicide Squad...

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By Josh Wilding - 12/2/2013

According to Bleeding Cool, DC Entertainment's big news for 2014 may be that they are planning on prioritising, "A series of lower-prominence comic books being turned into relatively lower budget movies." This matches up with earlier reports that Warner Bros. have turned to David Goyer as a Kevin Feige-like character to work on treatments for adaptations which include Booster Gold, Deathstroke, Sandman, Team 7 and Suicide Squad, with the latter being specifically mentioned as a movie which would need only a $40 million budget. Others could apparently be made for as little as $20 million. Their release schedule would be on a two-a-year basis in the Spring and Fall, giving Warner Bros. an opportunity to make a big profit and perhaps even expand the worlds of Batman and Superman in the process. There's nothing to say how this will impact their big budget tentpoles, but how do you guys feel about this news? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts below!
Source: Bleeding Cool
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Ignition - 12/2/2013, 6:52 AM
I don't think it will affect what they have planned for their bigger characters. It's a cool way to expand the universe and take on some interesting stories.
whoa123 - 12/2/2013, 6:53 AM
Suicide Squad FTW!
Doopie - 12/2/2013, 6:53 AM
Deathstroke movie would be sick
TheOneAboveAll - 12/2/2013, 6:54 AM
Huh, this sounds interesting
batcheeks8 - 12/2/2013, 7:03 AM
Yes. Go.
Reni - 12/2/2013, 7:03 AM
Suicide Squad movie should do it. Deathstroke, nope.
Go ahead with darker characters WB, Del Toro already knows what to do about it.
Dotanuki - 12/2/2013, 7:04 AM
While not a bad idea in and of itself, the budget constraints seem troubling. Not to say they couldn't create a fine movie but I am not optimistic that Goyer could create an interesting movie in that budget range. Sounds like you are treading closely to SyFy territory.
soforizo - 12/2/2013, 7:05 AM
Not bad.
Dunejedi - 12/2/2013, 7:06 AM
We'll see.
Reni - 12/2/2013, 7:06 AM
They should hire the guy that made Dredd. That was way more great than what someone would expect.
MrDonut - 12/2/2013, 7:06 AM
I can see a Team 7 working very well; sets up Slade Wilson, Amanda Waller n Steve Trevor- essentially a nice way to set up The Justice League as well as any potential spin-offs like a Deathstroke solo film or even a Suicide Squad film. Hopefully this is true, DC certainly seems more insistent on getting their house in order lately.
cosmicman - 12/2/2013, 7:11 AM
sounds like what they are doing with the TV shows
Reni - 12/2/2013, 7:11 AM
That's like poetry. Beautiful.
soforizo - 12/2/2013, 7:15 AM
Not every cbm needs mega money
Grimfoe - 12/2/2013, 7:16 AM
So the WB's answer to Marvel's big budget movies that are released every spring and fall are low budget movies released at the same time?

WTF? DC started with the only really iconic superhero characters, with the possible exception of Spiderman. Marvel is MAKING their characters iconic and recognizable with a decade of movies. Now WB has demonstrated that their conservative, gutless movie making policies will continue so that Marvel can completely close the gap. It's crazy. DC fan boys are more than happy with crappy movie after crappy movie. None of which are true to the source material. Ugh! Way to screw things up WB!
dckizzle - 12/2/2013, 7:18 AM
Just make dc movies
SuperCat - 12/2/2013, 7:18 AM
I'll believe it when I see it.
DelTorite - 12/2/2013, 7:19 AM
Good luck making that Sandman movie with a low budget. An adaptation of Death: High Cost of Living could definitely work though.
ScarletJack - 12/2/2013, 7:20 AM
Would love a Suicide Squad or a stand alone Deathstroke movie. Manu Bennett rocks as Deathstroke in the Arrow show. Would be awesome to see him on the big screen. I do like Ron Pearlman as his voice though.
Casting call for Deathstroke? Anyone got any fan favs?
JoeMomma29 - 12/2/2013, 7:21 AM
I will wait for some official announcements but if true working on 40 million bucks is not a whole lot if you ask me to pull off some of these movies.
Tainted87 - 12/2/2013, 7:22 AM
The direction of every character (albeit, on the CW) has already gone makes me think that they really just don't know how to present these characters on screen. Hard to be excited, especially when Geoff Johns had creative input on the prior appearances.
KrazyForKomix - 12/2/2013, 7:22 AM
Gutless is right.
They SEE it working.
They SEE the template.
Marvel hasn't had a finical flop yet,
and still they refuse to try.

DelTorite - 12/2/2013, 7:22 AM
Stephen Lang from Avatar is a fan favorite for Deathstroke.
MarkV - 12/2/2013, 7:22 AM
WB seems directionless.
Brainiac13 - 12/2/2013, 7:24 AM
What Supercat said.

To a UK CBMers......do not buy UK release of MOS.......its missing the bonus disk......just like the Avengers bluray.

I found a site to download it on 720p. I'll wait till the US version is super cheap. :(
JoeMomma29 - 12/2/2013, 7:25 AM
@ Brainiac

Would you like me to buy you a US version and ship it to you?
Brainiac13 - 12/2/2013, 7:26 AM
It cost me £13 on bluray.
ALmazing - 12/2/2013, 7:26 AM
@ DC

You know what happens when WB produces low budget Dc character movies?

JoeMomma29 - 12/2/2013, 7:27 AM
@ KrazyforKomix

You understand the big difference between DC and Marvel right? Marvel has their own movie studio!!!!!!!! DC is being controlled by WB who does not give two shits about a DCU, all they care about is profits and they do very well with all the other movies they do every year!

Marvel Studios solely focuses on comic book movies!
Brainiac13 - 12/2/2013, 7:28 AM

Thanks buddy...but Amazon sells the US version. I'll just wait for it to become cheap. Still can enjoy the UK version but got the extras on download.

My Avengers bluray is the same.

JoeMomma29 - 12/2/2013, 7:29 AM
@ Blackandyellow

I swore I some Steelers fans acting the same way!
Brainiac13 - 12/2/2013, 7:29 AM

Yeah....[frick] UK. ;)
Tainted87 - 12/2/2013, 7:31 AM
Saying Stephen Lang should play Slade is like saying whatshisface from Catching Fire should play Aquaman, because they are somewhat similar characters.

Basically, you're telling the actor that they have no range.
MsDarkPhoenix - 12/2/2013, 7:31 AM
When is the Wonder Woman movie coming out? How about Justice League?

Oh wait... You know what's funny? The fact that DC comics were way more recognizable than Marvel. Everyone knew Justice League. And now everyone knows the Avengers! Iron Man is more famous than Superman, Black Widow is more famous than Wonder Woman! We are living in a world where Quicksilver is in two movies and Flash is in a TV show. And WB is doing nothing about that.

I'm not hating on these characters, I would love a Sandman and a Suicide Squad movie but AFTER Wonder Woman gets one! Because she is the hero we deserve and the one we need right now!
JoeMomma29 - 12/2/2013, 7:32 AM
@ BlackandYellow

In Philly they just chuck batteries at ya!
KrazyForKomix - 12/2/2013, 7:33 AM

Yup. I see it. That is why I alluded to Marvel Studio's record of profitability. Not a flop in sight. Not a dollar lost.
Marvel Studios would NOT be producing these films with out turning a big buck.
Warner Brother COULD make big bucks with their DC Company owned characters. But they don't. Why?

Gutless. WB is gutless.
Reni - 12/2/2013, 7:33 AM
Yeah they're really [frick]ing it up by not connecting both, i guess i'll wait 20 years for my JL film
126thst - 12/2/2013, 7:34 AM
DC's gonna water down their own brand by doing this. A bad outing by a lower budget production may sour people on the bigger movies...Very risky move..

But as comic book fans, we are winning BIG TIME. If this happens, we could be looking at like 10 CBMs per year across all studios.
Reni - 12/2/2013, 7:35 AM
You either are joking or very delusional if you think Black Widow and Iron Man are more known than Wonder Woman and Superman. What's next? Quicksilver more popular than Flash? hahaha
Pasto - 12/2/2013, 7:37 AM
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